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The Purpose of Life and Creation.


what is the purpose of our lives? What is our purpose of living in this world?

I would like to begin by saying that we all have an equal responsibility… And that responsibility is to read or listen - with an open heart and an open mind.

In a world filled with prejudice and cultural conditioning, it is very hard to find people that are able to take a moment to think. To think about life objectively, to try to arrive at the truth about this world and the real purpose of our lives. Unfortunately, when you ask most people the question - “What is the purpose of our lives?” which is such a fundamental and important question, they will not tell you what they have concluded through observations or any analytical reasoning. In most cases, they will certainly tell you what someone else said... Or they will tell you what is commonly presumed by others. What my father said the purpose of life is, what the minister of my church said the purpose of life is, what my teacher in school said, what my friend said.

If I ask anyone about the purpose of eating, “Why do we eat?” Most people will answer, in one word or another, “It’s for nutrition!” Because nutrition sustains life… If I asked anyone why do you go to work? he/she will say because it’s necessary in order to support him/herself and to provide the needs of his/her families. If I asked anyone why do you sleep, why do you wash, why you dress, etc., he/she will answer - “This is a common necessity for all human beings.” We can follow this line of questioning with a hundred questions, and receive the same or similar answers from anyone, in any language, in any place in the world, simple! “Why is it, that when we ask the question, ‘What is the goal and the purpose of life?’, that we get so many different answers?” That’s because people are confused, they don’t really know. They’re stumbling in the dark. And rather than saying, “I don’t know,” they will just offer any answer that they’ve been programmed to answer.

Let’s think about this. Is our purpose in this world simply to eat, sleep, dress, work, acquire some material things and enjoy ourselves? Is this our purpose? Why are we born? What is the object of our existence, and what is the wisdom behind the creation of human beings and this vast universe? Think about it!

Some people argue that there is no proof of any divine origin, there is no proof that there’s a God, there’s no proof that this universe has come about for any divine purpose. There are people who believe this way - and they say that perhaps this world came about by chance. A big bang and this whole great world with all of its orchestration just came together coincidentally. And they argue that life doesn’t have any definite purpose and that there’s nothing to prove that neither logic nor science that there is a God, or purpose of life or any divine reason behind the existence of this world.

Here are some verses from the Quran that address this subject.

{إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ * الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ}.

{Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, these are indeed signs for men of understanding, those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate on the creation of the heavens and the earth, (and conclude), “Our Lord! You have not created all this without purpose, glory to You! Grant us salvation from the torment of the Fire}. [Quran 3: 190-191].

In the above verses, Allah mentioned very clearly to us, by first drawing our attention to the creation of the heavens and the earth. The alternation of the night and the day. The firmament, the stars, the constellations… And then He says to us that He has not created all of these for nothing or for any foolish purpose! Because when you look at the design of the world, you will realize that the design is very powerful and accurate. And that such a very powerful and very precise creation which is beyond human calculations and imaginations cannot be foolish. It cannot be thrown and left just like that. It cannot be a coincidence.

For instance, if you take ten marbles of different colors and numbered them from one to ten, and you put them in a bag and you shake the bag well, and then, I ask you to close your eyes and pull out marbles number one, two and three from the bag in order. What’s the chance of you pulling out those marbles in order? Do you know what the chances are? Twenty-six million to one! So what are the chances of the Heavens and the Earth being thrown in a big bang, and being orchestrated like they are? What are the chances of that?


To be continued… insha Allah.


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